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Tips for your First College Fair

Tips for your First College Fair
When you are trying to figure out what college might  be a good fit, a college fair is often the best first step. Laura wrote on Facebook:"Lee, I'm taking my almost 14 year old to his first college fair this weekend.  Any suggestions on how to make the most of it?"Have him dress nice, look them in the eye, shake hands firmly. Come prepared with a couple of questions to ask each college, something like "Do...
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How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?

How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?
How many acronyms does your homeschool student need? Amy on Facebook wanted to know: Lee, does my son need to take the ACT/SAT if he plans to graduate with his AA from community college before going on to the university? Will his AA be enough? He will be a junior next year and we are wondering whether or not to start ACT/SAT prep stuff with him. Thank you!Some college will also want the SAT or ACT...
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Encouraging Girls in Math and Science

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
There are more girls going to college than there are boys.  Girls are in the majority, so they are less likely to receive admission and financial aid.....  except in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In those areas, girls are still in the minority.   You can encourage your young women to pursue a college major in STEM, and it might improve their chances of admission and financial aid.  One of my clients recommended Expanding Your Horizons conferences...
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CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?

CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?
Using CLEP exams in high school can get complicated. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does that mean that you are given the college credit for that class but are also given a C on the college transcript like on an AP test?  My daughter is studying for her first CLEP and I want this figured out before we put the time and money in to it.Thanks...
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Guest — Madison S., “The CLEP Review Gal”
Hi Lisa, each school has its own CLEP policy, most use the ACE B-Level Recommendations. See http://professionals.collegeboard.com/... Read More
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:31
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Give Colleges What They Want

Give Colleges What They Want
One tip to getting a good scholarship is to give college exactly what they want.  The happier you make the college, the more they like your student. That means they may give you money in scholarships!   Here is Ann's recent experience: Recently, Ethan received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at CCSU. It said his application was important to them, and they wanted to interview him. We didn't know what to make of that, but...
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The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!

The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!
Learn the Steps to Getting BIG Scholarships!  You're not just a homeschooler.  You are the Homeschool Parent PLUS Counselor PLUS Mentor PLUS Advisor.  Don't worry, though. Homeschool parents are GREAT high school guidance counselors, motivated by love and a long term commitment to their child's success.  But even the most determined and steadfast parent may quake at the cost of college! Learn how to market your child for college admission.  Marketing can increase your chance of...
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College Application Essays for Homeschoolers

College Application Essays for Homeschoolers
College application essays take time and effort - they don't just happen overnight!  Take some time to learn about them now.  You and your children can practice some application essays now - BEFORE senior year - and make your life that much easier down the road. What's the big deal about a little essay?  If you have ever faced resistance from your children about a writing assignment, boy are you in for a treat! You haven't...
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What is a Homeschool Friendly College?

What is a Homeschool Friendly College?
What is a Homeschool Friendly College? In general, a homeschool friendly college is one that treats a homeschool applicant the same as a public school applicant. Your child would be requested to take the exact same tests as any other student - more tests are not required of a homeschool applicant. Some colleges say they are homeschool friendly, when in reality they have "hoops" that we have to jump through.Read the complete article from 2008  What...
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Thanks for reposting this article. With a son entering the high school level soon enough, it's good information to know ahead of t... Read More
Saturday, 09 April 2011 14:20
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High School with Learning Challenges

High School with Learning Challenges
If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article "College for Struggling Learners" to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaTypical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College AdmissionLearning Disabilities - 8 Tips For...
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Spelling for Dyslexia

Spelling for Dyslexia
My girlfriend has children with dyslexia.  She tells me the best program is always the THIRD spelling program you try!  Because by that time you begin to figure out your child and understand the problem better!  She recommends Sequential Spelling - it was the third (and final) spelling program she tried. Recently I've been hearing about a new program that works well with my clients.  Have you heard about All About Spelling yet? It might be...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks for the tip about another spelling program! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:36
Guest — Rebecca W
My 15 year old daughter has ALWAYS struggled with spelling. We've tried so many different things, but nothing has seemed to help h... Read More
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:43
Guest — Cindy K.
I agree! We used the program through Level 4. Then we had to wait about 5 months for Level 5 to be ready and during that time, we ... Read More
Friday, 08 April 2011 08:27
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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.phpPlease read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data as possible...
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Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs

Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs
Great News!  Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school.  Another group also loves us:  alternative education and parent partnership programs.  They love us for a completely different reason, however!  They love us because they can make money when they make us afraid about homeschooling. Don't be afraid!   Your children can achieve anything with a homeschool education!  They can get into college (with wonderful...
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Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"

Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"
I'm getting those calls and emails again.  The ones where parents start with "Help!  I don't know what I'm doing!" I hear it all.  See if these worries sound familiar: Can my child get into college? Can she get good scholarships? How can I provide opportunities for his future? How do we apply to college? What do I do first?If you are confused with the whole process, and don't even know what to do first, please...
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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Music Scholarship or Work Study?
Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM. Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum...
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Guest — Lois
Lee- I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors wh... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. ... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:59
Guest — Ann
hi Lee-- Is a performance grant the same thing?
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:15
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College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants

College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants
Don't be shy!  Speak up, and colleges may change their admission policy!  A client contacted me about a college her child wanted to attend.  The website provided a homeschool policy that was not very homeschool friendly.  I wrote to the college to ask about their admission policy and received a favorable reply. This is the email I sent to the admission department:To: AdmissionsSubject: Homeschool Policy Discourages Homeschool ApplicantsDear William Woods University Admissions,A homeschooler has contacted me...
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Guest — G B
Can you please do the same thing for me? I am a homeschool applicant with no parents to help me and I have been trying to transfer... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:44
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear GB, As Lee stated in her article, you are welcome to to edit her letter for your own use. Lee encourages you to include spe... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 22:40
Guest — J W
LOL - Lee said "They objected to ME teaching biology labs, and they are the university that gave me my nursing degree. In other wo... Read More
Thursday, 10 March 2011 20:04
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